Hey, matildas, it’s the new year and we meet again. We warmly welcome you to a new article that might solve your problems related to the skincare regime. Their skincare regime could be different from yours. It is not something you copy! So, the best way to build your ancient ayurvedic skincare routine is to know your skin well and then move ahead. Let us avoid those skincare phrases that put you down and let us all go organic in our approach.
So, when somebody tells you the term Ayurveda, is there anything else that pops up o your brain apart from India and Indian food Indian beauties???? But what exactly is Ayurveda? And why do Indians have a history of having faith in it? why is it gaining popularity worldwide? And it is not that in just 2020 people are realizing the benefits of ayurvedic skin treatment but people all over the world have been using it for ages.
What is Ayurvedic Skincare?
Beauty is everywhere. Your mere existence is beauty. Just like any other formulated skincare regime or cream, ayurvedic skincare also has principles. Almost everything revolves around these 8 ingredients. It’s not that other cosmetics don’t do their work but you do understand the difference between the man-made and the natural. Let us take look at what they may be and their effect:
- Vayasthapana: The Age Defier
- Varna: Complexion brightener
- Sandaniya: Cell regeneration
- Vranaropana: Healing
- Tvacha: Skin nourishing
- Shothahara: Anti-inflammatory herbs
- Tvachagnivardhani: Skin Matbolism and balancing
- Tvagrasayana: Antioxidants
The Philosophy Behind The Ayurveda
Ayurveda as a whole is as large as an ocean and ayurvedic skincare is one of its streams coming off it. The Ayurveda highlights the universal coexistence of all living and nonliving things. And to maintain harmony Ayurveda urges us to maintain a proper diet, exercise and relationships, surrounding preventative and remedying practices including massage, meditation and herbal therapy.
The ‘3’ Doshas (Humour)
The Ayurvedic system is divided into three key qualities/ humour of physiological functions into doshas known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
- Vata: This term is easy to make out for Indian readers. Vata as in air influences our thoughts and emotions. It is seated in the colon also known as the large bowel.
- Pitta: Pitta aka fire element which is related to the small intestine, is associated with digestive and metabolic function. “Pitta” is responsible for the glowy factor of your eyes, hair and skin.
- Kapha: Kapha is another pillar that supports our body and lifestyle. Kapha aka phlegm regulates immunity, internal lubrication and circulation, and the delivery of nutrients to the body. Body Healing using natural elements isn’t magic or tough science. It is all around you. Earth and water-based Kapha is key to healing.
As every individual is different and so are their needs and constituents, the ayurvedic practitioners believe that each person has a unique balance of the three senses of humour, which keep fluctuating based on diet, lifestyle, exercise and personal interaction. DOSHA IMBALANCE can lead to changes in appearance to serious diseases.
DIY Ayurvedic Face Masks
Ayurveda is all around you, it is not something special that you need to go out and find in the world. It is special but also always within your reach. Let’s have a look at how?
Pitta Face Mask (COMBINATION)
- 1/4 cup (real) aloe vera gel (no added ingredients)
- a few drops of rose water
- 1–3 cotton balls
- wash your face clean and pat it dry
- dip your cotton ball into rose water
- dab it into the skin for clear skin
- Apply aloe vera gel and leave on skin for 10–15 minutes
- after drying wash it off using lukewarm water
- apply light moisturisers or natural oils
- Repeat it 2-3 times a week
Vata Face Mask (DRY)
- 1 tbsp. chickpea flour
- A pinch of turmeric powder
- 1/4 cup rose water, yoghurt, or cold milk
- Mix all of the above ingredients into a paste(consistency)
- wash your face and pat it dry
- apply the paste on your face and let it dry
- wash it off using lukewarm water
- at dry and apply an oil-based moisturizer
- Chickpeas are good for tan removal
- Do it 1-2 times a week
Kapha Face Mask (OILY)
- take 1 tablespoon pink clay powder
- 1 teaspoon Triphala powder
- likewise 1 teaspoon aloe gel
- 1 teaspoon rose
- lemongrass essential oil
- combine all the above ingredients using only 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil
- from a paste-like consistency in a bowl
- Prep your skin by applying a damp warm towel to your face to wipe off all impurities
- apply the paste on your face avoiding the sensitive eyes
- allow the mask to sit dry for 10-15 mins
- Rinse with warm water and pat to dry for glowy skin
The Ayurvedic Skincare Routine
Principal of Ayurveda in simples words is that it encompasses mind, body and spirit. Henceforth, many products or treatments that come under the category of Ayurveda is nutricosmetic. Nutricosmetic includes combining diet, supplements and cosmetics. And as you can tell it is a long-term treatment and you would still like to opt for your regular skincare products then you can try to look up the proven elements that have been accepted by the Ayurveda and also been proved to work great on the skin, as a result, elements such as vitamins A and E, alpha-lipoic acid and antioxidant-rich green tea are great options. There are several ayurvedic skincare products available for you to choose from. They encourage their application via ayurvedic skincare oil rubs and facial masks to encourage healthy blood flow and enhance the skin’s glow.
Let me know down in the comment section if you picked any of those methods. Hope to see you again with something more interesting, matildas.